ChocoHigh! Chocolate with cannabis goes on sale in Siberia for $3 a bar

A chocolate company in Altai in southern Siberia has come up with a chocolate bar it says will give you “an energy boost for the whole day.” Unusually, cannabis is one of the new bar’s ingredients.

The company Obraz Zhizni (Lifestyle) says the chocolate is solely made of natural things, such as cacao, carob (natural substitute for cacao) and cannabis seeds. Apart from cannabis, you can also choose chocolate with buckwheat and flax seeds.

To make the chocolate even more natural, the company has abandoned regular sugar and uses grape sugar instead.


Archaeologists discover 2,400-year-old solid gold ‘bongs’ used by Aryan kings to smoke cannabis at ceremonies

Archaeologists have uncovered two 2,400-year-old pure gold ‘bongs’ that were used by Aryan tribal chiefs to smoke cannabis during ceremonies. The historic drug paraphernalia was found alongside 7lbs of other gold items when an area of land was dug up in Russia to make way for power lines. They items had been buried in a stone chamber before being concealed by a thick layer of clay. 

Criminologists have since carried out tests which indicate that the thick, black residue found inside the vessels comes from the cannabis and opium which the tribal royal smoked. Experts believe the items belonged to the Scythians, a nomadic warrior race who ruled large swathes of Europe and Asia between the 9th century BC and the 4th century AD.


Australia: New activity looms for Erin Resources

THEY used to look for gold in West Africa but soon they'll be selling cannabis-based cosmetics.

GOLD explorer Erin Resources announced its intention to change the nature of its activities and acquire medical and cosmetic cannabis company MGC Pharmaceuticals in May.

Erin said on Monday that MGC's first range of 15 cannabidiol-based cosmetic products - facial creams, soaps, toners and cleansing masks - is set for commercial launch over the coming months.

"Erin Resources is pleased to announce the imminent launch by MGC Pharmaceuticals Ltd of its initial CBD (cannabidiol) cosmetics product range, with first sales expected to occur by December 2015," Erin said on Monday.


Winding Down the War on Drugs: Reevaluating Global Drug Policy

Any discussion about transnational organized crime almost inevitably includes the trade in illicit drugs. A 2011 analysis by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found that illicit drugs constitute the largest income source for transnational crime, accounting for about half of transnational crime proceeds, and one-fifth of all crime proceeds. The UNODC has estimated the value of the 2003 global illicit drugs market to be US$322 billion— higher than the GDP that year of 88 percent of the world’s countries.


Russia’s Fist Just Clenched Around the Internet a Little Tighter

Global Internet firms operating in Russia wake up on Tuesday to a new era in Kremlin regulation. 

A law now forces tech firms with Russian customers to operate local servers to handle Russian personal data. It’s the latest in a string of about 20 laws tightening government control of the Internet, all put into place since President Vladimir Putin’s re-election in 2012.


Russia Cracks Down on Reddit and Wikipedia for Containing Information About Cannabis

Russia is not exactly known for its cannabis acceptance. Although it's technically not illegal to possess up to six grams of cannabis in Russia (rather, it's considered an administrative violation of the law), make no mistakes – the country is not a cannabis-friendly place.


Russia Quickly Cancels Wikipedia Ban

The ban, over an entry about hashish that a court ruled contained illegal information, is lifted just hours after it was enforced.

Russia has cancelled a ban on the Russian-language version of Wikipedia after it caused controversy among internet users in the country.

The Russian communications watchdog told internet providers late on Monday to block access to the site in Russian after a court ruled an entry on hashish contained banned information.

Users across the country then reported they were not able to access the site.

Wikimedia RU, the group that supports the local version of Wikipedia, had earlier decided not to remove the article on charas, a cannabis resin, after a warning from the communications watchdog Roskomnadzor.


Russia completely blocks Wikipedia due to article about marijuana

Russia banned Wikipedia on Monday, following through on threats to block the world's biggest encyclopedia due to a page about cannabis that Russia censors deemed illegal.

Roskomnadzor, the Russian censors responsible for surveilling and policing the Internet, pulled the trigger on the ban after demanding Wikipedia remove the page for charas, a form of hashish cannabis. The authorities complained that the Wikipedia page gave explicit instructions on how to make the product.


Russia threatens to block Wikipedia over cannabis page

The Russian government has threatened to ban Wikipedia over a page explaining charas, a hashish type of cannabis.

Roskomnadzor, the Kremlin's internet watchdog, has reportedly written to Wikipedia's administrators saying it will be ban the website in its entirety unless the entry - which basically provides a recipe - is removed.


Silver Tour " Should Grandma Smoke Pot gets translated into Russian

Silver Tour's "Should Grandma Smoke Pot?" is being used in more than a dozen countries to teach the benefits of cannabis.

Robert Plathorn, aka Bpbby the Tuna created a GoFundMe campaign to support his efforts towards leagalizing marijuana

Your funding made the production possible. Here is a version in Russian

Silver Tour's "Should Grandma Smoke Pot?" is being used in more than a dozen countries to teach the benefits of cannabis. Your funding made the production possible. Here is a version in Russian



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